New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1944. Item #03668
With Twelve Full-Page Illustrations by Carlotta Petrina
VIRGIL (Publius Virgilius Maro). The Aenid. Translated by John Dryden. With Mr. Dryden's introduction. Illustrated by Carlotta Petrina. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1944.
Limited to 1,100 copies signed by Carlotta Petrina, this being no. 716.
Folio (11 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches; 301 x 200 mm.). 468 pp. Twelve full-page photogravure plates by Carlotta Petrina.
Publisher's quarter green sheepskin over brocade covered boards, spine lettered in gilt. A near fine copy. Housed in the publisher's red cloth clamshell case, spine lettered in gilt. Case a little worn and gilt lettering on spine rather dull.
The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem, written by Virgil between 29 and 19 BC, that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who traveled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans. It comprises 9,896 lines in dactylic hexameter. The first six of the poem's twelve books tell the story of Aeneas's wanderings from Troy to Italy, and the poem's second half tells of the Trojans' ultimately victorious war upon the Latins, under whose name Aeneas and his Trojan followers are destined to be subsumed. The hero Aeneas was already known to Greco-Roman legend and myth, having been a character in the Iliad, composed in the 8th century BC. Virgil took the disconnected tales of Aeneas's wanderings, his vague association with the foundation of Rome and a personage of no fixed characteristics other than a scrupulous pietas, and fashioned this into a compelling founding myth or national epic that at once tied Rome to the legends of Troy, explained the Punic wars, glorified traditional Roman virtues and legitimized the Julio-Claudian dynasty as descendants of the founders, heroes and gods of Rome and Troy.
Carlotta K. Petrina (1901-1997) was an American illustrator and printer. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1933 for her illustrations to accompany John Milton's Paradise Lost.
Limited Editions Club Bibliography, 163.